Semester 2 Cornerstone
ASSESSMENT OVERVIEW
NOTE: ALL DOCUMENTS mentioned in the assessment overview below can be found at the bottom of this page.

Part 1 (individual): Focused Poetry Study

1.1. Choose a poet from the following:
  • Emily Dickinson
  • Robert Frost
  • Langston Hughes
  • Sylvia Plath
  • Edgar Allen Poe
  • Maya Angelou~ OR ~
  • ANOTHER POET NOT ON THIS LIST – PLEASE SEE MRS. MORGENSON. (Note: Poets not on this list may not have many book resources in our library and it will be your responsibility to seek sources from elsewhere – a public library, personal collections, etc.)

1.2. Sign up for your poet on Mrs. Morgenson’s list.
1.3. Immerse yourself in your chosen poet’s poetry. (Read as much of it as you can get your hands on!)
1.4. Choose one of the following options …
A. for the ANALYTICAL:
  • Choose THREE poems by your selected poet.
  • Complete the general questions for poetry in response to EACH of the three poems. (See General Questions For Poetry handout.)
  • Write EXPLICATIONS for each of the three poems. (See Explication Guidelines.)
  • Write ONE mimetic poem, inspired by your chosen poet’s work. (See Mimetic Poem Guidelines.)

B. for the CREATIVE:
  • Choose THREE poems by your selected poet.
  • Complete the general questions for poetry in response to EACH of the three poems. (See General Questions For Poetry handout.)
  • EXPLICATE ONE of the two poems.
  • Write THREE original mimetic poems, inspired by your chosen poet’s work. (See Mimetic Poetry Guidelines.)

Part 2 (individual OR group): Visiting Poet Presentation

2.1. Research your chosen poet’s life. (See Cornerstone Research Guidelines.)

2.2. Create a presentation of his/her life. (See Visiting Poet Presentation Guidelines.)



DOWNLOADABLE DOCUMENTS

General Questions For Poetry handout


EXAMPLE General Questions For Poetry handout
This document helped me BEGIN to think about the explication process. It was a doorway into the world of explication!


Explication Guidelines
Use these to organize your explication's narrative. Refer to this document as well as the example documents as resources for your own explication.


EXAMPLE Explication
This document shows my process with the poem itself. I did this WHILE I was filling out the General Questions For Poetry. (I bounced between the two documents.)

The draft posted here shows the FIRST part of my writing process. It should be noted though that, when I use a word processing program (like Word or Pages) I typically edit and revise as I go. I do typically print it out (as you will see) and make handwritten notes, once I get it to a reasonably finished state -- but writing is never truly "finished" in my opinion.

This example is still in what I consider DRAFT format, but I hold myself to HIGH expectations in my writing.


EXPLICATION RUBRIC (NEW!)



Mimetic Poem Guidelines



EXAMPLE Mimetic Poem



MIMETIC POETRY RUBRIC (NEW!)



Cornerstone Research Guidelines



Visiting Poet Presentation Guidelines


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